ERIC Number: ED338273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-9
The Leadership Imperative for Mapping a Community College Strategy for Improving the Success of Minority Students.
Ellison, Nolen M.; Smith, Janet D.
The decision to launch a full-fledged and highly coordinated leadership strategy to enhance minority student success should be grounded in a clear definition and well-understood theoretical framework; a strategy for overall institutional advancement; and clearly defined structural relationships and accountability structures. Within this context, various leadership strategies can be implemented to bring about the institutional changes that will be required to increase minority student access and success. These strategies involve: (1) institutional advancement, which encompasses access, institutional commitment, opportunity and standards for student performance; (2) an orientation toward building educational bridges of learning and support services between high schools, two-year colleges, and four-year institutions; (3) a theoretical framework and evaluation model based on "effective schools" theory, emphasizing college mission, college-community relations, academic foundations, learning climate, strong and effective leadership, high expectations, and instructional assessment and feedback; and (4) clearly defined operational responsibilities for realizing the college's commitment to minority student success. The ultimate goal of the community college's Minority Student Success Strategy will be the increased effectiveness of the college's support program and services through the institutionalization of the objectives of programs defined within the strategy. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College "Leadership 2000" Conference (Chicago, IL, July 8-9, 1991).